The Constitution is the barrier against mass democracy, which all our founders feared as much as they feared autocracy and monarchy. When we criticize various Supreme Court decisions or justices, when we find ourselves disappointed with the ease with which the executive and legislative branches of our government violate the Constitution, we ought to remember how bad things could be without this Constitution, whose anachronism in the eyes of some is really its justification and its beauty.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.